If U want something to worry over, her waist is a wee bit thickened.
U can work her core muscles
by teaching her to sit-up pretty, squatting on her butt, with forepaws hanging at her chest; teach it with her spine in the angle of a corner for support to both sides of her body, so she can't fall & hit her head. The corner of a room, the angle where cupboards meet in the kitchen... anything that's taller than she is, while sitting upright.
FINGERS are best, for tracking wt -
each rib should be easily found, with a rounded front & a slat rear; U should be able to feel ribs readily, & between each rib & the next one is a slight dip, with muscle as a 'floor'.
Ribs should never stare outward - on smooth-coated dogs, the last 2 to 3 ribs should be slightly visible when the dog stands.
When the same dog sits, those visible ribs should no longer be obvious - there, but ya gotta look to find 'em.
SPINES are another good indicator -
on sighthounds, vertebrae in the loin are visible, but not glaringly obvious; no dog should ever have a dragon's spine of upstanding bony plates! Nor for that matter, should any horse.
The spine should be smooth & rounded to touch; U can find individual vertebra with slight pressure. // Muscle should fill the slot on each side of the spine's bony prominences - there should be no "shelf" below the spine.
The layback of the shoulder
should be visible on a smooth-coated dog, & on a thickly-coated dog, it should be very-easily found with fingertips.
No matter what breed, the shoulders
should always be the widest point of the body, seen from above; the butt is narrower, & the waist narrower-yet. Si
gns a do
g is too fat
- significant pressure
is needed to palpate the ribs; they're blanketed with fat.
- there's a fat-pad
on the center of the chest.
- there's no waist
seen from above; the dog's a cylinder from shoulders to butt.
- there's no tuck-up
, seen from the side; the belly-line from the end of ribs to the visual cut-off at the thighs should slope uPward, not make a straight line... nor worse yet, slope Down.
- looking toward the head from the tail, the neck does not taper
toward the head; it's a pipe.
- a vertical edge at the butt makes a U, following the rump forward; it looks like a quilt laid-over the dog's back, under the hair. That's a fat-blanket